Frank Riddle knows that United Way funding makes a difference because he's known a couple of people who have been helped by its assistance.
Employees at Tri-State Generation and Transmission were those at one of eight companies to receive an award Friday for donating more than $10,000 this year to Moffat County's largest funding agency. Tri-State employees, including a 100 percent company match, donated $70,920 to United Way this year.
"It's always a good program," Riddle said. "I like the fact that all the money stays in Moffat County. We're getting the money to those who need it."
United Way leaders gave 18 awards to Moffat County companies during a luncheon Friday that had donated funds to the umbrella agency that helps fund a host of local nonprofit causes.
Cindy Biskup, director of Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, said her nonprofit probably couldn't operate without United Way funding. The group has received United Way funding for seven of the nine years it's been in operation.
"United Way is a very important part of our funding," Biskup said. "We use it strictly for direct services like Red Ribbon Week and alcohol prevention education at the (Moffat County) high school."
United Way contributors donated $354,000 this year, topping its goal of $320,000. Twenty Mile Coal Company is this year's "Pace Setter" or recognized leader, contributing $61,000. The donations were an increase of $20,000 from the previous year, United Way leaders said.
United Way generally collects donations through company fund-raising efforts. Deductions are taken from employee paychecks throughout the year. All of the companies honored Friday offered a 100-percent match of employee contributions.
"Today, we're all here for the same reason," said Lila Herod, United Way board member. "United Way is an organization that brings the community together to focus on its most essential needs. Like our individual strengths, together we are invincible. What a difference it's made in the lives of others."
United Way of Moffat County operated at no rental cost out of the Northwest Health Specialties Center on Yampa Avenue in past years. Other agencies that operate solely on volunteer help were recognized Friday.
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